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Date: 17 July 2017 by Max Robinson

The cost of holidays in term time

The school holidays start this week. Parents will be only too aware that the average holiday costs 60% more during the school summer holidays. In the old days, families were allowed flexibility and responsibility in taking term time holidays. Today, parents face fines and imprisonment. What’s your view on taking term time holidays?

Date: 10 July 2017 by Max Robinson

Children’s lives for all to see

I have written a paper diary since I was 17 years old and haven’t missed a day in my life; to date writing over 1.2 million words. I enjoy it, however in my youth I would have hated people reading it. Any child using social networks are creating a modern-day diary and photo album for all to read. This has implications for parents. What’s the answer?

Date: 03 July 2017 by Max Robinson

Go Glamping

The holiday season is upon us. Being on holiday is taking time out, having good moments as a family and forgetting worries. As a student, I have camped for 46 nights while touring in France on my bicycle. Camping has moved on, with a wide choice of luxurious yet affordable glamping holidays. Do you plan to go on a glamping holiday?

Date: 26 June 2017 by Max Robinson

Stress Buster or Stress Bomb

Given my 30-year work-life, I never considered myself a stress-bunny; the opposite occurred, as I see myself as challenge junky. Government data shows that 11.7 million working days were lost due to work related stress, depression or anxiety in 2015/16. This equated to an average of 23.9 days lost per case. Do you know someone who has been off-sick with stress?

Date: 19 June 2017 by Max Robinson

A charcoal battle or gas flame war

As the temperature rises and the summer switch is flicked on, it’s time for the BBQ to appear. This creates a fundamental question: should the flames be fuelled by charcoal as per the purists or gas as per the reformists. Which side do you support?

Date: 12 June 2017 by Max Robinson

Child worries from bad news

I’ve experienced the worries of growing up in the 1980’s at the height of the cold war. You felt that you could all be nuked at any time; then having to brave a nuclear winter. Fast forward to today and watching the news conjures up a mad and bad world with terrorist attacks. Children pick up vibes and this creates unwelcome anxiety. Do you know any children stressed from being exposed to bad news events?

Date: 05 June 2017 by Max Robinson

Women should vote

This post is not a party-political message. Instead, it’s a plea for women to take up their right to vote. Almost 100 years on from winning the vote, women are staying away from the polling booths. In the 2010 election, more than 9 million women failed to vote compared to 8 million men. In 1992, more women (78.2%) voted than men (77.2%), but that number has been in decline ever since. Let’s reverse this trend.

Date: 29 May 2017 by Max Robinson

A kitchen man-cave

Cooking is in my blood, as I have enjoyed working in the kitchen from a young age. Kitchens are a key room in any home. I’m not alone, as a survey by Mintel found that 40 per cent of men are confident about cooking a meal from scratch while just 32 per cent are very confident about household DIY. Do you recognise this male cooking trend?

Date: 22 May 2017 by max

Finance wars at home

Couples argue, as part of any healthy relationship as way of expressing views and concerns. Few couples are aligned when it comes to money matters. Have you ever had a money argument?

Date: 09 May 2017 by Max Robinson


This is no joke. David Lloyd Gyms, Sidcup is running a pilot for a new health and fitness class in which people take a nap for 45 minutes; it’s called “napercise.” We’ve all suffered from a lack of sleep, feeling tired and failing concentration. The NHS claims that 1:3 adults suffer from poor sleep patterns, leading to the risk of medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Is the solution to take a daytime nap?

Date: 08 May 2017 by Max Robinson

Think flexible working

I’ve spent 57% of my entire life working, the majority as a nine to five full-time worker. In the past 3 years, I have been fortunate enough to work for myself in a flexible way, either in an office or at home. It doesn’t suit everyone, but once tried it’s never forgotten; it’s much better. Have you tried flexible working?

Date: 01 May 2017 by Max Robinson

May day is boiler day

It's a May Day Bank Holiday and far from warm. Last week walking to the station I was wearing a winter coat and gloves due to the cold wind. I thought about the cost of boilers and replacing them, not only for being energy efficient, but also for saving money. Have you thought about replacing your old boiler?

Date: 24 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Labour saving devices are the winner

InsureWithMax has a strapline: “one less worry for you.” With 90% of Mums running a family and juggling a career, they must rely more than ever on labour saving devices. What are your favourite home appliances that saves you time?

Date: 17 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Speak out about stammering

I was the one in 20 young children who went through a phase of stammering. Without help, I grew out of it along with the four in five children who have a stammer. When my sister mentioned that her youngest daughter stuttered, I was reminded of my stammering and the fear of saying certain words out loud. It is surprising how few journalists write about stammering. Does your child stammer?

Date: 10 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Crack the Easter Egg Games

We’ve all taken part in or seen in a traditional Easter egg hunt; but many other Easter games can appeal to every member of the family. Games are great for any family having an Easter party. Let’s resurrect the happy memories of Easter and offer games that appeal to all ages. What are the best Easter games?

Date: 03 April 2017 by Max Robinson

Don’t ignore making a will

A will can prevent heart ache at a rough time. A will isn’t a morbid subject; when it comes to death none of us can predict the future. With a will you can tell everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property after your death. It’s that simple. Have you made a will?

Date: 27 March 2017 by Max Robinson

The land of rising prices

Inflation is in the news and on the rise, so working Mums need to understand how inflation will affect their family finances. This is how to explain inflation to your children. Before I started work in the insurance industry, I completed a degree in Economics.

Date: 20 March 2017 by Max Robinson

Instead of a diet, think smaller

As a child I was a big eater and ate up the leftovers. Luckily my genetic make-up meant that I was never overweight. Today, many children face waistbands being too tight. Is buying the next size up the best move or is it time to serve smaller portions?

Date: 13 March 2017 by Max Robinson

Sleep like a baby tonight

As a child I was a light sleeper and as we get older we seem to need less sleep. However, we’ve all suffered the indignity of tossing and turning at 1am, knowing that we have to get up early the next day. In the morning your longing for a better night's sleep. What’s to be done?

Date: 01 March 2017 by Max Robinson

Hunting for the optimum work life balance

It feels like experts are selling snake oil, by claiming to be able to improve people’s work life balance. How many of us made a New Year’s resolution to improve our own work life balance? What’s to be done when juggling a busy family and an engaged career?